Posts Tagged ‘pediatrics’

Infographic: EHRs and the Data of Healthcare

June 30th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Dialysis, internal medicine/pediatrics and nephrology are among the top five specialties to adopt the use of electronic health records (EHRs), according to a new infographic from Berkeley School of Information.

This infographic also shows EHR adoption by site ownership and state, as well as current and future EHR trends and statistics.

Want to know more about EHRs and other healthcare technology trends? 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine is packed with actionable new information from more than 125 healthcare organizations on their utilization of telehealth & telemedicine. This 60-page report, now in its third year, documents trends and metrics on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives and includes a year-over-year comparison of telehealth trends from 2009 to present.

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Medicare beneficiaries, Pediatric Mental Health, Hospital Scorecards

November 8th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

The insurance marketplace rollout continues to be problematic for many consumers, but there is some good news for Medicare beneficiaries: they are seeing significant out-of-pocket savings since the ACA was implemented, savings that will most likely continue through 2014, CMS officials say. Plus, they don’t need to sign up for the new health insurance marketplaces, as they are already covered by Medicare.

Some disturbing news from the Annual American Academy of Pediatrics: mental health diagnoses for children have jumped 30 percent in the last four years, with ADHD leading the pack, followed by anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Mental health diagnoses run about a third higher for children with Medicaid insurance compared with commercial coverage, researchers say, and clinicians need to seek a deeper understanding as to why. More inside.

Nearly 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score report.

The annual report, which also assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals, shows that many hospitals are making headway in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that kill or hurt patients, but overall progress is slow.

The extensive report also lists the states that earned the highest and lowest grades: among them, Maine claims the number one spot for the state with the highest percentage of “A” hospitals.

A significant and growing performance gap exists between dual eligible and non-dual eligible members when it comes to CMS Five-Star Quality rating measures, according to a study from Inovalon, Inc., a leading provider of data-driven healthcare solutions.

The study finds that a significant association exists between Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible status and lower performance on specific Part C and D measure Star ratings. The results point to the integral role that income, race/ethnicity, and gender play on the HEDIS® and CMS Part D measures used in the Five-Star rating system.

It’s not too late to take our Healthcare Trends in 2014 survey; from an early surge in Medicare ACOs to the rocky introduction of ACA-mandated health insurance exchanges during a government shutdown, healthcare in 2013 has been nothing short of unpredictable. Please tell us about the last 12 months and how your organization is preparing for 2014 by completing HIN’s ninth annual survey on Healthcare Trends by November 18, 2013. You’ll receive a free executive summary of the compiled results, and your responses will be kept strictly confidential. One respondent will win a training DVD of the “2014 Healthcare Trends and Forecasts” webinar recorded on October 30, 2013.

Meet Health Coach Linda Johns: Pediatric Nurse Finds Work-Life Balance

January 10th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

This month’s inside look at a health coach, the choices she made on the road to success, and the challenges ahead.

Linda Johns, RN, BSN, MHA, CPN, specializing in pediatric health and wellness for Femtique, Associates, Inc.

HIN: What was your first job out of college and how did you get into health coaching?

Linda Johns: My first job out of college was as an adult physical rehabilitation nurse at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pa. I worked there for five years, three out of four weekends a month. It was there that I saw a job posting for a two day a week position as a pediatric nurse. I applied and found my “niche.” I have been working in pediatrics now for 21 years.

I met Mary Jo Clarkson of Femtique while working as a clinical nurse supervisor for Bayada Nurses. She was a new nurse to pediatric home care, and was assigned to one of my pediatric clients. She told me about the classes she was taking towards becoming a certified health coach, and I was immediately interested in this new profession.

Have you received any health coaching certifications? If so, please list these certifications.

I have three classes left to complete my 40-week webinar graduate level certification curriculum in health coaching from Health Coach Alliance. I will then be able to take the test and become certified as a health coach. The standards of practice and the board certification are based upon the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Has there been a defining moment in your career? Perhaps when you knew you were on the right road?

Yes! I recently completed a nine-week basic breastfeeding course that was offered by the Philadelphia Department of Health. Femtique will start teaching maternal-child health nurses the 20-hour breastfeeding curriculum in the early part of 2013. I previously worked as a clinical instructor at a community college teaching second year nursing students on a pediatric floor at a local children’s hospital. I knew when I was taking this course that I would love teaching nurses the correct ways to teach moms to breastfeed! I just wish I knew all this information when I was breastfeeding my own children and teaching new moms in the hospital setting.

In brief, describe your organization:

Femtique Associates, Inc. is a non-profit healthcare advocate and health coach organization providing health and wellness care information and resources for women and children, so they can attain better outcomes in their lives and maintain an optimum level of wellness.

What are two or three important concepts or rules that you follow in health coaching?

  • To coach clients towards their goals and let them make their own healthy lifestyle decisions.
  • To use the eight realms of life: physical, psychological, spiritual, social, financial, environmental, professional/vocational and academic to help coach the “whole” person.
  • To realize that some clients cannot be coached.

Do you see a trend or path that you have to lock onto for 2013?

Many physicians’ offices are employing health coaches to help their patient achieve healthier lifestyle changes. A health coach can spend much more time with the patient to help them set realistic goals. I am glad to be a part of this profession.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a health coach?

To help clients achieve their goals. I am also glad I have the opportunity to teach clients and professional nurses.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Havertown, Pa. I attended Haverford High School. I lived in the Delaware County area for 32 years before moving to Chester County, Pa, where I now reside.

What college did you attend? Is there a moment from that time that stands out?

I attended Delaware County Community College after having my first child. I was a medical assistant and decided I wanted to advance my career and become a registered nurse. I obtained my associate degree and started working as a graduate nurse at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. I then had my second and third children. I did not go back to school until my youngest children were in middle school. I sat down with them and told them that I was considering going back to school for my BSN, and they were excited. I could not go back to school at a traditional college because I worked 12-hour shifts so I decided to enroll in an online program at the University of Phoenix. I completed my BSN four years later in January 2006. I was back in school one year later and obtained a master’s degree in health administration in January 2009. I later obtained a certification in pediatrics in 2010. I started health coaching classes in January 2012.

Are you married? Do you have children?

I am divorced but have been dating the same man for 13 years. I have three grown children and three grandchildren.

What is your favorite hobby and how did it develop in your life?

One of my favorite hobbies is researching different healthcare issues that have been either brought to my attention or that are of interest to me. I also enjoy reading and sewing. My boyfriend gave me a new sewing machine last year. My family gives me all of their clothes that need mending.

Is there a book you recently read or movie you saw that you would recommend?

I am currently reading The Help on my Kindle. It is unbelievable to think of how not too long ago people acted toward each other because they had a different skin color.

I just went to the movies and saw The Hobbit. My boyfriend pointed out that it was nothing like the original Hobbit movie. I enjoyed watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy, on which the Hobbit was based.